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A Few Pennies

The appropriations committee of the US House of Representatives approved a bill that would increase the National Science Foundation's funding by $43 million for fiscal year 2012, writes Writedit at Medical Writing, Editing & Grantsmanship. According to an appropriations committee report, the bill includes $6.9 billion for the National Science Foundation, which is an increase from fiscal year 2011, but below President Barack Obama's request for the agency. Writedit notes that the increase comes at the cost of cuts to the Education and Human Resources directorate and the research equipment and facilities fund. In addition, the committee makes a few suggestions as to how NSF could spend some of that money, namely on cybersecurity, basic neuroscience research, and advance manufacturing. The bill now moves to the full House for consideration.

The Scan

Another Resignation

According to the Wall Street Journal, a third advisory panel member has resigned following the US Food and Drug Administration's approval of an Alzheimer's disease drug.

Novavax Finds Its Vaccine Effective

Reuters reports Novavax's SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is more than 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-19.

Can't Be Used

The US Food and Drug Administration says millions of vaccine doses made at an embattled manufacturing facility cannot be used, the New York Times reports.

PLOS Papers on Frozen Shoulder GWAS, Epstein-Barr Effects on Immune Cell Epigenetics, More

In PLOS this week: genome-wide association study of frozen shoulder, epigenetic patterns of Epstein-Barr-infected B lymphocyte cells, and more.